This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown, WWE Hall of Famer Edge returns for a special edition of The Cutting Edge, featuring Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.
Triple H’s 2nd entrance theme hits (because he needs two, you know), and he welcomes the crowd to SD. He thanks Show for the apology. It wasn’t sincere, but an apology nonetheless. He wants Show to understand that he’s not picking on him; he just wants Show to be a businessman. Show is a roster leader, and like Booker T said, Trips just wants Show to be professional. Show needs to understand that, in any business, if the COO asks you to do something and you refuse, it is grounds for dismissal. With that in mind, he has no choice but to…Show asks him to please not do this. Trips says he isn’t going to fire Show, but he is going to suspend him for the night without pay. A night without pay really stings, because as everyone knows, Show is broke. Trips orders Show to follow him out of the ring, and as Show is leaving, the Shield’s entrance music hits. We see the “Hounds of Justice” make their way down through the crowd and make their way to ringside and surround Show. The three triple-team Show and bring him to his knees, but he fights them off, taking out all three. Eventually, Dean Ambrose dropkicks Show from the ring, and Show climbs on top of the announce desk as the Shield continue to pursue. Roman Reigns grabs a chair and cracks Show with it, but Show knocks it into him with a right before throwing Seth Rollins and Ambrose to the floor. Show then clotheslines Reigns from the table before rolling him into the ring. He goozles Reigns, then does the same to Ambrose. Rollins comes off the top, and Show swats him out of the air with a chop after letting the other two go. He goes for the KO Punch on Rollins, but Reigns begins nailing him with a chair, eventually beating him down to the mat. Ambrose and Rollins pick Show up, and the trio hits the triple powerbomb.
Later tonight, Michael Cole will interview Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman.
AJ Lee makes her way down to the ring for color commentary for the next match.
MATCH 1: Aksana, Alicia Fox and Layla vs. Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya (w/Nikki Bella and Cameron)
Aksana and Brie start the match, and Aksana slaps Brie. Brie comes back with a kneelift and slams Aksana’s face into the mat. God, the Bella Twins’ voices are grating. Fox kicks Brie, so Brie whips her into the ring. Layla jumps in, as do Nattie and Naomi. Brie hits a clothesline before tagging out to Naomi. Fox comes in as well, and Naomi hits her with a hurricanrana before missing a hip bump. Fox hits a clothesline for 2, then applies a front chancery, and Naomi counters into a back body drop. Fox tags in Layla, and Nattie tags in as well. Nattie hits a discus clothesline and goes for the Sharpshooter. AJ runs into the ring, causing the DQ.
WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya. The three faces surround AJ, and she tries to attack Nattie. Nattie slaps her, Brie hits a sit-out facebuster, and Naomi hits a jumping side kick. Nattie goes for the Sharpshooter again, but the heel divas pull her to the outside.
Later tonight, Dolph Ziggler faces Dean Ambrose, and if he wins, he gets a US title match at NoC.
Vickie Guerrero will be out next, and reportedly has a big surprise.
After commercials, we see Vickie in the ring. She says it is now time “Dancing With the Superstars”. Um…WTF? R-Truth comes out, as he’s apparently the first contestant. The next one out is Fandango, with Summer Rae. Before the contest starts, it’s made even stupider when the Miz comes out dressed in seventies clothes and wearing a fake afro. He says you can’t have this contest without him. Normally, he goes by the Miz. Tonight, he’s “Mizco Inferno”, and I now legitimately want Miz to die. Miz grabs a sparkly jacket from someone when the Great Khali comes out and I slowly lose consciousness. Khali tells Vickie he wants to dance, and she says the more, the merrier. Truth is up first, and he does all of his standard moves. Fandango then does the same. Miz is up, and he begins twerking as a sniper has him in their sights somewhere. Finally, Khali is up, and he does his typical “dancing”, which just involves swinging his arms in the air. Vickie lets the fans vote by the sound of their applause. Miz is announced as the winner. Hooray. Fandango calls the other three jokes and tells them to get off his dance floor before going for a cheap shot. The former members of Awesome Truth duck, hit Fandango with a double back body drop, then throw Fandango to the floor before doing more dancing.
We get another video for Los Matadores.
Michael Cole informs us that SmackDown’s newest broadcast colleague is standing by to do an interview, and that colleague is…Ryback. Ryback says he is a multi-talented star. He is a concert pianist and has great linguistic skills. He thanks Vickie Guerrero for the opportunity, then introduces us to his guest, some jobber named Robert Evans. Ryback calls him a hometown hero, then asks how tall he is. He is 6’4” and weighs 185 lbs. Ryback says he bets the guys dreams of being a WWE superstar. He asks a few more questions, and the guy pretty much says nothing but, “Yeah” in response to each one. Ryback asks if he one day would like to be in the ring to compete against someone like him. Evans says, “Yeah”, and Ryback says that’s great that he’s got a dream. Everyone has dreams, including Ryback. He then slaps Evans in the face and says his dreams are beating the holy hell out of people like Evans. He kicks Evans on the floor, then asks if Evans has anything he’d like to say. Evans grunts, and Ryback sends it back to Cole and JBL at ringside.
Instead of cutting back to ringside, however, we cut to Vickie’s office when Ricardo Rodriguez enters. Vickie tells him he won’t be in Rob Van Dam’s corner at NoC. Things are out of control, and she fears for his safety. They proceed to argue in Espanol, and Vickie then tells him he can be in RVD’s corner at the PPV…and RVD will be in Ricardo’s corner when he faces Alberto Del Rio later tonight.
Damien Sandow comes out, and he’s in action next.
After the commercials, Sandow is in the ring, mid-promo. He says he will defeat the buffoon Santino Marella, and set everyone free from their self-imposed inadequacies, eh. You’re welcome!
MATCH 2: Damien Sandow vs. Santino Marella
The two lock up, and Sandow backs Marella into the corner. Marella signals for the Cobra, then asks for a test of strength. Sandow hits a kneelift, then stomps Marella down before hitting some kneedrops and a punch for 1. Sandow hits a few more kneelifts, a side-Russian legsweep and the Cubito Aequet for 2. Sandow applies an abdominal stretch, and Marella counters into a back suplex. Marella ducks a clothesline, hits a hiptoss and a saluting headbutt. He signals for the Cobra, but Sandow forearms him in the face before he can go for it. Marella gets sent to the corner, and he avoids a charge, causing Sandow to go shoulder-first into the ring post. Marella hits the Cobra and gets the 3.
WINNER: Santino Marella.
Michael Cole is in the ring. He introduces his guests tonight, IC Champion Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. We see a video for the Punk/Heyman feud that has been building all year. For 434 days, CM Punk held the WWE title, and Heyman was at his side. When Punk lost the belt, their friendship blew apart. This Sunday, Punk has guaranteed victory and Punk will destroy Heyman. Cole’s question for these two is how they plan to prevent that. Axel says Heyman is under a lot of pressure, and all of this speculation is tantamount to hyperbole, and is ridiculous. Besides, Punk won’t get to Heyman this Sunday because Punk can’t beat Axel. Heyman says he knows what Cole is doing. Just because he has a persecution complex doesn’t mean he’s not being persecuted. Ladies and gentleman, he is not a fighter. He’s not a man of war; he’s an advocate of peace. Tonight, he comes to the crowd with great humility and calls for a public boycott of his involvement at NoC. Don’t these people have something better to spend their money on than to see him get assaulted? If you buy NoC, you’re going to see Punk get his hands on Heyman because, with all due respect to Axel, he taught Punk how to turn the system against itself. That means Punk will find a way past Axel. Not because Punk is a better fighter or wrestler; because Punk was his prodigal son. That means if you don’t boycott NoC, Punk will hand Heyman such a beating…Punk doesn’t want to wrestle him; Punk wants to beat him up and slaughter him to the point where this is the last time you’re ever going to get to see Paul Heyman. He wants to state publicly that, if this is the last time they see each other, he wants to say that he will always love Punk, but he will never forgive any of the fans.
MATCH 3: World Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Ricardo Rodriguez (w/Rob Van Dam; non-title)
ADR immediately clubs Ricardo down to the mat before ramming him into the corner. ADR hits a step-up kick in the corner, then stomps Ricardo in the back of the head. He begins mocking RVD, and Ricardo uses the distraction to hit a dropkick and roll ADR up for 2. ADR comes back with a thrust kick, then begins slamming Ricardo’s head into the mat. Ricardo blocks a charge in the corner and hits a tornado DDT for 2. RVD tells Ricardo to go up top, and Ricardo obliges. ADR crotches him before kicking RVD through the ropes. ADR climbs up for an inverted superplex, which is enough for 3.
WINNER: Alberto Del Rio. After the match, ADR applies a jujigatame on Ricardo. RVD comes in and levels ADR with a roundhouse before hitting some mounted punches. He goes up top and connects with the Five-Star Frog Splash.
MATCH 4: Dolph Ziggler vs. WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose (non-title)
Ziggler hits a waistlock takedown and begins elbowing Ambrose in the head before applying a front chancery. Ambrose backs him into the corner and gives a clean break, which allows Ziggler to unload on him with rights. Ambrose comes back with his own before grinding his elbow into Ziggler’s face and hitting a couple of chops. He sends Ziggler hard into the opposite corner, then stomps his hand before picking Ziggler up for a right to the head. Ziggler blocks a back body drop, ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body, sending Ambrose to the floor. Ziggler heads to the outside, and Ambrose suckers Ziggler back into the ring, stomping him down before hitting a short-arm clothesline and a power-drive elbow for 2. Ambrose applies a rear chinlock, then punches Ziggler. Ziggler comes back with a punch, escapes a back suplex and hits a dropkick. He follows up with a series of 9 elbow drops before hitting the Show-Off Elbow. He misses a splash in the corner as we go to commercials.
Back from the break, Ambrose is still in control, and he applies a modified Regal Stretch. He breaks the hold in order to nail Ziggler with some rights and a bodyslam. Ambrose mounts the middle rope and goes for a fist drop, but Ziggler blocks it. He dives at Ambrose in the corner and unloads on him with punches before hitting a running clothesline for 2. Ziggler misses the rocker dropper and Ambrose rolls him up. Ziggler counters into his own roll-up for 2. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and goes for the Zig-Zag, but Ambrose holds onto the top rope. Ziggler rolls back, gets back to his feet and gets locked in a sleeper. He counters with a jawbreaker, kicks Ambrose in the knee and hits the rocker dropper. As he goes for the pin, Rollins and Reigns attack Ziggler, causing the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Dolph Ziggler. Before the Shield can triple-team Ziggler, the Usos hit the ring and clear the ring. Vickie Guerrero comes out and says Ziggler got his title opportunity, and since the Usos want to stick their nose in his business, she is now making this a six-man tag team match. Commercials.
MATCH 5: Dolph Ziggler and the Usos (Jey & Jimmy) vs. The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, and WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins)
The match is already started after the commercial break. One of the Usos has Rollins in an arm wringer before tagging in Ziggler, who nails a right before hitting a back body drop. He hits a back elbow before going after Ambrose, knocking him off the apron. Rollins knocks Ziggler down and tags in Reigns, who hits a short-arm clothesline for 2. He mounts Ziggler on the top rope, and Rollins shoves Ziggler down behind the ref’s back. Ambrose tags in and goes for a right. Ziggler blocks him, but receives a kitchen sink for 2. Rollins in now, and he drops a couple of knees for 2 before throwing Ziggler to the Shield’s corner, where he stomps Ziggler down. Reigns back in, and he headbutts Ziggler for 1. Reigns applies a front chancery and Ziggler fights out before receiving an uppercut. Ambrose in, and he hits a right jab as Reigns holds Ziggler in place. He ties Ziggler in the ropes and nails Ziggler with a couple elbows to the face before hitting a seated dropkick. Ambrose goes for it again, but Ziggler low-bridges him to the floor. Reigns tags in and he throws Ziggler to his corner. Ziggler sidesteps a charge, and Reigns crashes into the ring post. Rollins tags in and Ziggler boots him away before tagging in Jimmy. He hits a pair of clotheslines and a thrust kick before hitting a full-nelson bomb. He misses a running hip bump in the corner, but stops himself and hits the Alley-Us for 2 as Ambrose breaks it up. Ziggler tackles Ambrose before clotheslining him to the floor. Rollins hotshots Jimmy from the apron and rolls him up for 2 when Jey breaks up the pin. Reigns spears Jey, but Jimmy nails him with a superkick. Rollins gets one as well, and Jimmy goes up for the Samoan Splash. Rollins gets his knees up and immediately rolls Jimmy into a small package for 3.
It is now time for The Cutting Edge. Edge makes his way out, and it is funny to watch him wait for Tony Chimmel to announce “The Rated-R Superstar” in his goofy way. He says it was very nice of Triple H to “allow” him to host his show because it’s “good for business”. Here’s the thing: the only reason Edge is here is because of the fans. That doesn’t mean he’ll forget about what happened between him and Trips on RAW. It doesn’t mean he’ll ignore the fact that he has no respect for Trips, that Trips married into his job and somewhere along the way lost his genitals. He’s also not going to forget that the Shield took his best friend, Christian, out. Christian, when you come back, it’s not for one more match; you come back and tear them apart. As for tonight, Edge’s show is where we cut the crap and the tough questions get asked. So, let’s bring out both men who will compete for the WWE title at NoC. First, he is the supposed “face of WWE”, the WWE Champion, Randy Orton. He then introduces Orton’s opponent, Daniel Bryan. Bryan shakes Edge’s hand, and Edge says they’re going to just cut right to it. Since Orton is the champion, he gets the first question, and Edge asks him how it feels to be a sell-out. Orton makes fun of Edge’s “tough questions” and says it sounds more like a cheap shot from a guy who is jealous that Orton is a 10-time champion while Edge is a washed-up talk show host who can’t wrestle anymore. Bryan steps in and tells Orton to show some respect. Edge says it’s fine, as Orton forgets Edge is an 11-time champion. Edge says it doesn’t matter, because Bryan is going to beat him for the title anyway, so Orton can go ahead and say what he wants. Orton says he isn’t a sell-out, and he did what anyone would have done in the same position. He took advantage of an opportunity that presented itself. Triple H, Stephanie and Mr. McMahon have looked to him to be the face of WWE. After ten years of John Cena, it was time for a change. Daniel Bryan wasn’t meant to be a part of that change. He’s a great wrestler and has a “nice little following”. He’s good for business, but Orton is best for business. Edge says he thinks he knows what’s best for business, as do the fans. So Daniel, do you think you’re what’s best for business? Bryan says he knows everyone wants him to point his fingers in the air and say, “Yes!”, but he doesn’t really care what’s best for business. Orton interrupts him and calls him naïve. He says Bryan will never be the face of WWE or champion; he’ll always be a footnote. Bryan tells him to shut up. He’s been listening for weeks as everyone comes out every night and talk about Orton being the face of WWE and what’s best for business, as if all of this is about adding numbers to a giant corporation. Nothing in Bryan’s life has to do with what’s best for business or putting money in “their” pockets. He’s talking about love, satisfaction, passion, about dreams. The title is his dream and it’s not on anyone else’s balance sheet. He has never dreamed about being the face of a corporation. Ever since he was a little kid, all he ever dreamed of was holding the WWE title. At NoC, he will achieve his dream when he beats Orton and wins the title. Orton says that, if Bryan wants the title so bad, he’s going to help Bryan achieve his dream right now. He shoves the title belt into Bryan’s chest, then begins punching him. He looks at Edge, knocks one of the stools that was set up to the side, then goes back to Bryan. Bryan snags him in the Yes! Lock, and Bryan is tapping. He refuses to let go until several referees come in and pull him off Orton. Bryan begins a Yes! chant as the show goes off the air.
End of show.
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